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Nuruddin Farah Looks at the Positive Effects of Education

CrossbonesNuruddin Farah, author of Crossbones, and Caroline Kende-Robb, executive director of the Africa Progress Panel, wrote an article on education in Africa for The East African.

Citing conflict as a key obstacle to education in certain parts of Africa, Farah and Kende-Robb also highlight the positive developments in education, such as the Kwani LitFest 2012 and Ethiopia and Tanzania’s impressive improvements on their enrollment numbers. They then look at the benefits of education, such as the many positive outcomes of providing education to women.

In an ancient Somali poem, Coldiid is a wise warrior who rejects all forms of violence. Mocked at first by his peers, he eventually shows them that violence is not a way to earn respect or love.

This story may be lost on many of today’s Somali warriors, because so few of them will have any education — yet another brutal consequence of instability in Somalia that has been dragging on for more than 20 years.

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